New Delhi : In a rebuttal to Prime Minister Modi and BJP President Amit Shah early this week accusing Rahul Gandhi of forging “international grand alliance” with China and Pakistan, the Congress on Friday sought to give evidence of such a grand alliance (mahagathbandhan) “between the dreaded and the Modi-Shah duo.”
Congress chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala told a Press conference here that their link is established from the way Modi invited Pakistan’s rogue agency ISI to investigate the Pathankot terror attack on March 27, 2016 and Amit Shah lost no time in stating three days later on March 30 in Kolkata that he appreciates “serious efforts made by Pakistan in the Pathankat terror probe.”
“Did the rogue ISI then not claimed on april 5, 2016 that it were India that had killed its own soldiers in Pathankot? Did the ex-ISI chief Lt general Asad Durrani not claim that ISI prefers Modi as PM of India? What does it prove,” Surjewala asked.
On the BJP trying to celebrate the Indian Army’s surgical strike inside Pakistan territory on September 29, 2016, Surjewala said the Congress as well as Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had hailed the Armed Forces for demolishing the terror infrastructure and yet Modi and Shah pretends that the Congress is against the surgical strike to cover up its claim that there have been many strategic surgical strikes in the last two decades for which the Modi government can’t take credit.
Just to point out a few, there was a surgical strike on 21st January, 2000 (Nadala Enclave, across the Neelam River); on 18th September, 2003 (Baroh Sector, Poonch); on 19th June, 2008 (Bhattal Sector, Poonch); on 30th Aug-1st September, 2011 (Sharda Sector, across Neelam River Valley in Kel); on 6th January, 2013 (Sawan Patra Checkpost); on 27th-28th July, 2013 ( Nazapir Sector); on 6th August, 2013 (Neelam Valley); and on 14th January, 2014 (Army Chief, General Bikram Singh’s statement qua Surgical Strike on Dec 23, 2013), Surjewala said while seated besides him were retired Army personnel like Major General Satbir Singh, Col. Rohit Chaudhary, Lt Kameshwar Pandey and Mrs Sudesh Goyat, wife of slain Major Ajmer Singh Goyat.
They accused Prime Minister and the BJP always using the “blood and sacrifices” of the Indian jawans as a tool to garner votes and pointed how they were shocked when Amit Shah dishonoured the valour of the Indian Armed Forces on October 7, 2016 by disregarding their supreme sacrifices in five wars and numerous surgical strikes.
Surjewala said the truth is that the Modi government has compromised the national security and betrayed the national interests in the last four-and-a-half years because of lack of policy and political action that has led to a disquiet border and an alarming internal security situation.
He fired ten questions at Prime Minister Modi for betraying the armed forces and swallowing the country’s humiliation of 3,000 ceasefire violations by Pakistan, 1604 of them since after the surgical strike of September 29, 2016. He wanted the PM to explain the sinister motive in slashing India’s defence budget as the lowest since 1962 and the way he is systematically weakening the defence preparedness of the Armed forces.
The Congress leader alleged that retired Major General B C Khanduri of the BJP was removed as head of the Parliamentary Standing Committee was removed after the committee exposed 68% of Army’s equipment as vintage with no money for emergency weapons’ purchase nor enough money to build the strategic roads on China border. Instead of rectifying the wrongs, the PM preferred to oust Khanduri, Surjewala said.
He said the Maun (silent) Modi has to explain the illegal Chinese occupation and fortification in Dokhlam and squandering of the national interest by reducing the number of fighter aircraft needed by the Indian Air Force from 126 to 36. Why this Operation Cover-up of the Rafale scam and why sacrifice of interests of government PSU HAL?